Best 4th of July Games To Play With Friends and Family

We all know Independence Day for the cookouts and impressive displays of fireworks, but if that was all there was to it, we’d be stuck twiddling our thumbs for the rest of the day. If you’re going to be hosting a Fourth of July party, you’re going to want some fun games to keep everyone occupied. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Craft Making Competition

This idea is doubly great as it keeps your guests busy and also livens up your 4th of July party with some patriotic crafts. Stock up on red, white, and blue construction paper, glue, and scissors, and let your guests run wild! You could give them all a single craft to work toward–such as an Uncle Sam top hat–or let them come up with their own ideas. No matter who makes the best crafts, everyone wins with some fun decorations to liven up the gathering.  

American History Trivia Contest

Why not take this Independence Day to learn a bit more about why we celebrate it in the first place? See who’s the biggest American history buff by holding a trivia contest. It should be easy to gather some American history facts, from the easy stuff to the more difficult questions, beforehand. Your Fourth of July party can be fun but also educational.

Baseball Game

What’s more American that America’s favorite pastime? Split your guests into teams and see who comes out on top after nine innings. Of course, you might not be able to include everyone of all ages in a baseball game, so consider playing something similar to baseball, like kickball, instead. Remember, the point isn’t necessarily all about winning; this should be more about the casual fun.

Sparkler Photography

It’s hardly an Independence Day without a little sparkler action, so if you’re going to be setting them off anyway, how about being a little creative with it? Simply turn off the flash on your camera or your phone’s camera app and snap away as your loved ones draw words and pictures in the air with their sparklers. A fun activity and a way to make some keepsakes? Score.

Water Balloon Fight

It’s Independence Day, which means you’ll be smack-dab in the middle of summer. Cool down a little with a classic water balloon fight. Quite obviously, you’re going to want red, white, and blue balloons. Add some water guns into the mix for a bit of added excitement. If many of your guests are too young for such an activity, consider other ways to make use of water balloons. For instance, you could hold a water balloon tossing contest or see who can best hit a target.

Lawn Games

If all else fails, it never hurts to fall back on the old stand-bys: badminton, bocce ball, and cornhole. These games are simple, stress-free, and easy to learn, and maybe best of all, they take little time to set up. So, if you find yourself rushed on the day of your party and you have little time to set up some activities, these will certainly do.

While many of your guests will be perfectly content to sit around, talk, and get some sun, you’ll all be happy campers if there are some fun activities to keep you busy. At the least, it’ll be something pleasant to do as you pass the time until the great fireworks display!

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